Thursday, June 9, 2011

Honey Bees!!!

(click on pictures to enlarge!)

As I walked along the Metro trail at Graham Oak Nature Preserve yesterday, I was happy to see that honeybees are making a comeback, after being nearly decimated by mites over the past 10 years or so.

They were feasting on pollen from the oxeye daisies (leucanthemum vulgare) that are starting to bloom.

If you look carefully, you can see reflections of the woods and fields in their eyes ...

I never noticed before that their faces are shaped like hearts!

To see hearts from around the world, visit "Random Hearts" - and share YOUR heart on Guest Heart Thursday!

To see reflections from around the world, visit James' "Weekend Reflections".


  1. You did a wonderful job on these macros Clytie!

  2. Honey bees are so special, it's good to hear they are making a comeback in your area. I love their little heart shaped faces.

  3. Wonderful photos!

    I'm playing with magnifying filters, but can't afford the macro I want quite yet. lol

    This is the first year that we've noticed the actual decline in the bee population. Usually our rhodies are buzzing wildly with all kinds of bees. This year all numbers seem to be down (and some of that could have to do with the cooler than average weather - it is June right?).

    We are happy to see some honeybees here and there, and hope that they can eventually make a full comeback. :-)

  4. oh how wonderful much to see when we look with our hearts wide open!

  5. Gorgeous shots! little heart shaped faces!!What lens are you using?

  6. Stunning macros of bee, Clytie... And yes, they do have head in the shape of the heart : they are so close to God... :)

  7. Amazing captures!
    Heart shapes is fun.
    (I will try to find one in my photos)

    Happy weekend reflections.

    " Regina "

  8. Really nice! I love the details!!

  9. Clytie, I was too busy admiring the tiny hairs holding the pollen grains, and the delicacy of the bees' wings, to look at their eyes! I am in awe!!!

  10. What amazing photos of the honeybee!!! Great job. Have a lovely Sunday. Mickie :)

  11. wow, CLytie. Great close-ups. I love this post. Stunning!

  12. Amazing! The nature is full of many small details, which we pass by without noticing them. But thanks to you we can enjoy them :)

  13. These photos are exquisite. They fill my eyes. Abe would be proud, I think. My word--I love the fine detail you've caught here. It's extraordinary.